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Don't tip the mailman

WASHINGTON -- Postal customers who are thinking of tipping their letter carrier this year at Christmastime should think again: It's against the rules.

Postmaster General William Bolger warned Monday the agency's conduct code bars postal workers from accepting any financial advantage from their work except their salary.

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He said postal workers are adequately paid for their jobs and should not be tipped. But he added that people who pay the gratuities are equally to blame.

'When they tip our employees they directly encourage the expectation of a tip and the possible solcitiation of others,' he said.

'Every year since I have been Postmaster General, I have received complaints about postal employees soliciting Christmas gifts from our customers, especially business customers,' Bolger said.

'The solicitations have ranged from direct asking to the more subtle approach of dropping a Christmas card in the customer's mail. This is wrong and must be stopped.'

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